Molotov Cocktails, Loaded Rifle Magazines Found in Bag Near Portland Protests

Police say a bag containing Molotov cocktails and loaded rifle magazines has been found at a park in Portland, close to where nightly protests have taken place for two months.

Portland Police posted a photo of the items on Twitter, adding that someone had pointed out the bag to officers at Lownsdale Square Park on Sunday night.

Officers were investigating a report of shots fired in the park when a passerby "pointed out a suspicious bag to them," police said in a news release.

Tonight Portland Police were near Lownsdale Square Park. A person pointed out a bag to them. Inside the bag Police found loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails pic.twitter.com/ytpu9pZjqG

— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 27, 2020

"The origin of this ammunition and these destructive devices is under investigation," police said.

Two people were arrested on Sunday after a shot was fired in the park near SW 4th Avenue and SW Salmon Street.

Officers responded just before 7:30 p.m. While they were securing the scene, a person thought to be the victim arrived at a hospital in a private vehicle with a gunshot wound that is non-life-threatening, police said.

Police didn't say if they believed the shooting or the bag that was found were connected to protests outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, which has become a flashpoint since federal agents were sent to the city to protect federal property.

President Donald Trump said he sent federal agents to Portland to quell the unrest, but local and state officials have said they are only exacerbating the situation.

Federal agents have repeatedly fired tear gas at protesters—including a crowd last week that included Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler who said he saw no justification for the force.

Portland police declared a riot early Sunday morning, saying protesters breached a fence that had been erected to protect the federal courthouse where agents have been stationed.

In the hours leading up to the riot being declared, police said people in the crowd spent the night "shaking the fence around the building, throwing rocks, bottles, and assorted debris over the fence, shining lasers through the fence, firing explosive fireworks into the area blocked by the fence, and using power tools to try to cut through the fence."

On Sunday night, a crowd of around 1,000 gathered again for the 60th consecutive night of protests against police brutality and racism since George Floyd, a Black man, was killed in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

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A bag containing Molotov cocktails and loaded rifle magazines was found at a park in Portland, police said. Portland Police